Gresham, Oregon Bakery That Denied Same-Sex Wedding Cake Closed
Sweet Cakes by Melissa a bakery in Gresham, Oregon refused to bake a lesbian couples wedding cake in early February because “it’s was against their religious beliefs” has CLOSED.
In August, the Bureau of Labor and Industries said it was conducting an investigation to determine if the bakery violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which protects the rights of LGBT Oregonians.
Aaron Klein, one of the owners of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa, refused to sell the cake to one of the brides-to-be because he said marriage should be only between a man and a woman.
The couple later filed a complaint with the justice department, which Klein’s attorney Herbert Grey responded to. In his letter, Grey says the couple “elected not to participate in an event that is not even officially recognized under Oregon law when doing so would violate their constitutionally-protected conscience and religious beliefs.”
But right minded customers felt otherwise and Sweet Cakes by Melissa’s business took a major hit due to its anti-gay bigotry.
The bakery now sits empty. All counter tops, display cases and decorations are gone and hanging in the window was a sign from the Oregon Family Council that read “Religious freedom is under attack in Gresham.”
Sweet Cakes by Melissa posted on its Facebook page, “This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery. I will post our new number soon.”
Perhaps this will make these bigots realize that you can’t have their cake and eat it too.